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    de facto - Dictionary definition and meaning for word de facto

    Definition
    (adj) existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not
    Example Sentence
    • de facto segregation is as real as segregation imposed by law
    • a de facto state of war
    Definition
    (adv) in reality or fact
    Example Sentence
    • the result was, de facto, a one-party system
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